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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mandy Sinclair

One of the first riads to open in the medina, and still one of the best, the Farnatchi oozes pared-down elegance, paring classic Moroccan touches – zelig tiling and smooth tadelakt walls, with a contemporary, Manhattan-does-Marrakech vibe.

The ten suites are spread over seven houses, all linked, in a quiet corner of the medina. The small number of bedrooms means the communal spaces – including the roof terrace, main patio with its shimmering, 7metre pool and the bhou (traditional outdoor seating area) never feel crowded.

Most locals wouldn’t be seen dead in a hotel spa, but this chic retreat is the exception. Airy and light-filled relaxation lounges segue into areas with striking vintage photography that covers entire walls. It offers a bespoke mix of Moroccan, Ayurvedic and Chinese wellness that’s a 100% winning formula.

It may be a cliché, but Farnatchi really does feel like an oasis among the freneticism of the medina.

Surrounding area

The riad is set in the oldest and – relatively speaking – least hectic part of the Medina, yet the streets still teem with people going about their daily lives.

Tucked down a tiny alleyway, as soon as the heavy wooden doors close behind you, you are transported to utter peace and tranquillity. Several of the Medina’s top attractions, including the Ben Youssef Merdersa and the Museum of Marrakech are minutes away.

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It’s a great place to try a traditional hammam. The blissed-out Royal Hammam treatment involves a traditional body scrub with eucalyptus-infused black soap, and a mask bursting with powerful plant extracts for skin like an angel. That’s followed by a series of stretches and massage strokes in the steam-filled chamber, and a ceremonial sprinkling of rose water.

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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Spa
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free
Yoga

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
*
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types

Apartments
Bedrooms
Cabins
Suites
Tents
Villas
Yurts

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities
WiFi

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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